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Anthony Weiner hits rock bottom … or does he? (VIDEO)

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Updated at 4:52 p.m.: The Weiner campaign this hour released a longer video which shows the man provoking Weiner, calling him a "scumbag" and adding, "And you're married to an Arab" as Weiner tried to shrug off his remarks. The video from the campaign is below and the original post follows. 


Here's a simple rule of politics: If you are arguing with voters, you are losing. Big time. To wit: Anthony Weiner.

Just when it looked as if things couldn't get any worse for Weiner, who clocked in with 7 percent support in the latest poll of the New York City mayor's race, they did just that when video surfaced Wednesday of Weiner engaging another man in a heated argument.

Exiting a bakery, a confrontational Weiner doubled back to engage a man who had criticized him.

"What's that? You wait until I walk out to say anything. That's courage," snapped Weiner.

And that was just the beginning.

The man tells Weiner his behavior has been "deviant."

"And you're perfect? You're going to judge me?" responded Weiner.

"I'm not running for office," the man replied.

"Your ignorance is being shown to the entire world," Weiner said toward the end of the exchange, captured by blogger Jacob Kornbluth.

Afterward, Weiner, who is Jewish, was asked whether he will forgive the man -- who was wearing a yarmulke -- since it is the eve of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah.

"Of course, of course, I don't hold it against him," Weiner said.

In a gaggle with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Weiner reflected on the exchange, saying, "I don't mind people getting in my grill. That's politics. But when you start saying vile, racist things about my wife, when you start saying things using dirty words, curse words around children, and doing it, shouting them out after someone left, I just thought that was inappropriate and I think he deserved to be put in his place."

Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, has an Indian father and a Pakistani mother.

Updated at 6:06 p.m. with Weiner's gaggle quote